Rules on dating coworkers
So it's only natural that we sometimes have better luck finding romantic interests in the break room than we do in a nearby bar.When you're exploring a new relationship, the last thing you want to do is ponder how it might end, though that's exactly why we're often advised to keep our work life and personal life separate.A relationship between a supervisor and a subordinate can create a problem if the superior shows favoritism to his sweetheart.The situation grows more complicated if the subordinate claims the relationship was not consensual.While meeting someone at work can be great for your social life, it can be like a train wreck as far as your career is concerned. Before you know it, you are fully immersed in a liaison with a colleague.
But we spend dozens of hours each week at our workplaces -- more time than we have to spend on many recreational activities. People sometimes act differently at work than they do in their personal life. Tyler and I had been dating for almost four years before we started working together (which, by the way, wasn't planned … But for about 11 months, we sat three cubes apart from one another and kept our relationship under wraps. If you decide it My situation was unique because we were already a couple before we started working together — but generally that isn't the case, and Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job," suggests you try being friends inside and outside the office before you make any moves."We took things slowly because we were both very aware that we worked in the same office," she remembers.But the caution was worth it: Five years after that first date, he proposed.
Considering how much time is spent at work, it is no wonder that workplace friendships often lead to attraction and flirting -- then suddenly, romance blooms.